Douglas Complex Continues To Burn

GLENDALE, Ore. — The Douglas Complex fire continues to burn.  It has consumed 21,000 acres so far.  The Douglas Complex fire began Friday when lightning started 54 fires in the area bordering Douglas and Josephine counties.  Those fires combined into two big fires, making up the Dad’s Creek and Cow Creek fires. The fire remains … Continue reading »

New Crews Sent Out to Brimstone Fire

MERLIN, Ore. – Officials with the Department of Forestry say two fires, the Big Windy and Brimstone fires Northwest of Merlin, are demanding much of their attention, but only one of the two is receiving resources. The 1500-acre Big Windy fire is being called one of the most problematic because of its remote location, but … Continue reading »

Reinforcements Head to Douglas Complex

GLENDALE, Ore. — For the third straight day, fire crews are hard at work battling the Douglas Complex fire approximately seven miles north of Glendale. Two-thousand firefighters from Oregon and Washington are expected to be on scene by Sunday night.    According to fire officials, the Douglas Complex fire is the largest complex burning this … Continue reading »

Firefighters Prepare for Dry Lightning

WILLIAMS, Ore. –With dry lightning in the forecast, fire crews are preparing for more wildfire outbreaks. The Pacifica Fire is 95 percent contained.  Fifty firefighters and one strike team remain at Pacifica Ranch on Wednesday.  The crews are mopping up hot spots in the area and are on standby in case another fire starts. “They’re … Continue reading »

Firefighters Deal With Heavy Workload

MEDFORD, Ore. — So far this year, fire crews have responded to 159 fires.  The Oregon Department of Forestry said, normally for the entire season, the number of fires average around 109. Fire crews at the Oregon Department of Forestry, and area firefighters have been working lots of overtime. Medford Fire and Rescue Station 3 … Continue reading »

Hot Shot Crews in Southern Oregon

MEDFORD, Ore. — There are hot shot crews trained not only in Arizona, but here in Southern Oregon as well. Although the hot shots are typically the closest to the fire, all firefighters battling wildfires train for a worst case scenario. Fire resistant and folded up as compactly as possible, fire shelters are something that … Continue reading »

Agility Training for Medford Fire

MEDFORD, Ore. – Medford Fire is limbering up for agility training day. It’s an annual requirement for the entire force, and part of an ongoing 11-week training academy. Young firefighters and veterans were timed through the agility course, with different time requirements for different age groups. They had to climb a five story tower by … Continue reading »

False Alarms an Issue During Burn Season

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Drive down Interstate-5 during open burn season and you’ll see the hillsides dotted with columns of smoke. Most are contained, and many are legal, but they often get called in to 911 dispatchers anyway. When that happens, firefighters are obligated to respond. Since each truck is built to handle a variety … Continue reading »

Trailer Fire Barely Misses Propane Tank

MEDFORD, Ore. – An early morning fire ripped through a Medford home, destroying almost everything except the trailer’s propane tank. Neighbors say at roughly 5:00 a.m.  the flames were taller than a tree. Firefighters arrived on-scene within a couple of minutes, but the home was already fully engulfed in flames. The owner of the trailer was … Continue reading »

Crews Fight Garage Fire

TALENT, Ore. — A woman was inside a home on the 300 block of South 2nd Street when a neighbor alerted her of a fire in her garage. The garage was fully involved when fire crews arrived shortly after 10:10 p.m Saturday. Fire District 5 crews say they saw smoke in the sky from their station. … Continue reading »

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